Sunday, January 08, 2017

Bicycle Coalition and screwing up traffic on the Panhandle: Take the survey

Please read Chabner's letter below and respond to the survey he links.

Still not clear what's wrong with the Haight-Ashbury Improvement Association's proposal that, instead of disrupting traffic on Fell and Oak Street, Hayes and Page Street be used as special bike streets, since they are only one block off the Panhandle. Apparently it's not enough that the bike lobby's agenda be implemented; motorists must also be made suffer in the process.

What's wrong with this?

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

SFMTA is considering implementing bike lanes on Fell and Oak along the Panhandle, from Baker through Stanyan. Attached is a feasibility study contained in a final memorandum dated August 22, 2016 from MTA.

The proposal includes:

Moving the parking lanes on the South side of Fell and the North side of Oak away from the Panhandle, and installing one-way bike lanes. The parking lanes would “float” away from the curb, like those on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park; people parking wouldn’t have a curb to guide them.

· Reducing the number of vehicular travel lanes on Fell and Oak from four to three.

· Bicyclists in the bike lanes wouldn’t be required to stop for red lights at the intersections of Lyon, Central, Ashbury, Clayton, Cole and Shrader---pedestrians crossing Fell and Oak couldn’t rely on the red lights but would have to make sure no cyclist is coming. Indeed, the ability of cyclists to go fast and not have to stop at traffic signals would be a major attraction of the bike lanes. (See page 12)

· Around 75 of 280 parking spaces on the South side of Fell and North side of Oak along the Panhandle would be removed. (This would be in addition to the parking spaces being lost on Masonic due to the Masonic project, and those lost in the neighborhood for corporate shuttle buses and car sharing rentals.)

· Cyclists could continue to use the existing pedestrian/bicycle path in the Panhandle, besides using the new bike lanes.

Another version of the proposal envisions a two-way bike lane along the South side of Fell, and no bike lane along Oak. This would require removing all parking spaces on the South side of Fell.

These bike lanes are being promoted by North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (according to its bylaws, its Western boundary is Masonic) and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

I oppose this proposal because I believe it would endanger pedestrians (especially seniors, people with mobility and vision disabilities, small children and those in strollers), increase congestion and pollution, make the shortage of on street parking even worse, and increase conflicts between motorists and cyclists. I don’t know how far along the proposal is. I live on Fell and haven’t received any communication from MTA about it.

Instead of this proposal, the existing pedestrian/bicycle path in the Panhandle should be repaved, smoothed, better lit, and, perhaps, widened and otherwise improved.

Tricia Stauber, PRO|SF (Panhandle Residents Organization) Community Coordinator, has put together an online survey.

The survey is open until January 12 at 11:30 PM.

To express your opinion to the MTA Board, email: and Roberta Boomer, Secretary to the Board,

To express your opinion to Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation, email:

Thank you for considering this email.

Howard Chabner

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At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bycicle coalition my ass. Since a lot of the sfmta staff are coalition members the bicycle coalition is being used. They will cry safety out loud and the sfmta will come in and say omg we have to do something let's approve it. With a planned coalition protest in the near future. Here is some info that was disclosed prior to 2017. The speak of panhandle improvements shrader and Stanyn but nospecifics. I don't have the time to dig for the specifics at the moment.

Page 37 lists all street projects now and future until and when they update it.

Page 47 is where they speak of the panhandle briefly.

T me an hour to find this crap but it's all there sfmta plans for the city as of today. Unfortenutley you'll have to dig up each project individually to the specifics of each project.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Here's a clickable link to that document.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how bad MTA is screwing up traffic. Between 10th and 11th on Division heading west they have taken out much of the lane leading to the right turn for bikes. The consequence is that there are huge backups when there should be zero. They also just did some stupid stuff on 9th street and Division. Completely fucked that up too. Its so obvious that they are doing all this to make driving so bad that people are forced out of cars. But what they don't get is that there will always be people driving....always.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

And the MTA is hypocritical when it comes to city cars. They insist on having way more than any other city department.

Their anti-car strategy isn't working, since there are more cars in SF now than ever.

What they are really good at is getting the money for their increasingly bloated agency.


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